Haunted Hoochie prepares to host 'Snowflake Saturday' and the OSU Buckeyes football team continues its dominant run
Last year, Haunted Hoochie, also known as Dead Acres in Pataskala, faced outrage when it held a "Swastika Saturday" event on the last Saturday of the haunt season, posting the event invite on Facebook just hours before the Oct. 27 Tree of Life Congregation shooting in Pittsburgh, in which 11 were shot and killed. In the year since, Hoochie owner Tim May has donated $50,000 to JewishColumbus, in addition to partnering with the organization to raise Holocaust awareness. With the attraction set to host its final weekend of the 2019 season, the Saturday event, which takes place Nov. 2, has apparently been re-branded, according to social media comments. The new name, which in no way undercuts May's reported efforts by appearing to mock the public blowback that developed in the aftermath of the swastika-themed party? Snowflake Saturday.
Ohio State made its case for the top spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, beating Wisconsin 38-7 on Saturday. Chase Young was so dominant that the defensive player has started to hear chatter about being in the running for the Heisman Trophy.
This Dispatch's excellent Suffering on Sullivant series has drawn much-needed attention to the West Side neighborhood. Most recently, nonprofit the Sanctuary Collective announced plans to create a drop-in center on Sullivant Avenue to serve prostitutes and trafficking victims in the area. City officials, including Mayor Andrew Ginther, City Attorney Zach Klein and City Council President Pro Tempore Elizabeth Brown, reacted to the series in this Dispatch follow-up. “It’s not a place where I would want my children to grow up,” Mayor Ginther said.
And here's the story behind the takedown of Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, who died in a raid over the weekend. The Islamic State leader was hiding in Syria.